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THE LITTLE BOX OF SCARVES [Paperback]

MATTHAY MELISSA & THIES SHERYL
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May 15 2004 Little Box
This elegant box is filled with 20 hand-knit scarf patterns for every season. Sturdy, laminated project cards feature scarf photos with size, schematics, and materials information on the front; step-by-step directions are printed on the back.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even I can do it! June 30 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I am fairly new to knitting and am intimidated by knitting books -- usually I have to "see" how to do it rather than "read" how to do it, but this book really makes it easy. Each scarf has its own laminated card with a beautiful color picture on the front and everything laid out on the flip side -- materials, gauge, edge, and instructions. There's a separate, handy "Abbreviations" card that makes quick work of understanding the instruction codes. For now the ruffled edge scarf is my favorite, but I'm excited to try my hand at the others.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Handle with Care...... March 18 2005
By catsny - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Neat packaging, and pretty pictures, but don't invest in this unless you enjoy hunting for substitute yarns and experimenting. MANY of the "called-for" yarns are already discontinued by the manufacturers (in early 2005 - book published in 2004). Of course, you can use substitutes, but unless you're familiar with the original yarn, deciding what will be a good substitute won't be easy, and these are largely "novelty" yarns, not easily matched.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag - er, Box of Scarves May 11 2006
By Meredith Mizell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While I thoroughly enjoy the novelty packaging of these patterns, a number of the actual designs are rather lackluster. The box is fun, and I admit I have some sort of container fetish that surely influences my opinion, while the laminated cards are a good size and tough enough to travel. Best of all, I can stick a Post-It note to the back of the card and use it to keep track of my rows! As far as the box goes, the one downside I found was that the inside had a horrible plastic stink when I first got it and hasn't really dissipated over time. It's a little off-putting to open up the box and get a whiff of that.

As for the patterns, I've never been very concerned with using the yarn called for, so I haven't run into any problems with discontinued brands. My favorites are the lace scarves - they're simple enough to not be utterly exhausting over the full length of the scarf, but still complex enough to keep my attention. (And they're pretty, to boot.) Another pattern that's become a standby of mine is the Farrow Rib scarf - it's a nice twist on a traditional ribbed scarf and I just can't get enough of it because I can just put my mind on autopilot while I knit and still get an interesting result.

Unfortunately, a few of the patterns here rely on novelty yarns rather than stitch patterns or such, and they're just unimpressive because they fade from the vernacular very quickly. The Big Lace scarf and the Bold and Beautiful scarf in particular are a little too obvious and don't feel like good company for the numerous lace scarves, which seem more enduring. I'm sure the authors had variety in mind here, but it comes across as a bit scattered.

All that said, I would recommend this for a beginning knitter who's gotten tired of plain old garter stitch or ribbed scarves and would like to make a foray into more complicated stitch patterns without having to worry about shaping, etc. OR for intermediate knitters who are looking for some stash-gobbling projects with a bit of challenge.

In the end, it's worth having on hand, because you can never have too many patterns for inspiration!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not very impressed.... Sept. 27 2004
By girlkris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have to say I wasn't very impressed with this item. The laminated cards are nice, but I personally didn't understand the instructions too well - a few illustrations to explain the required stitches would have been nice. As far as the scarf designs, again, not that impressive. Yes, several of them were pretty, but I don't think anything was overly creative - once a specific stitch or two is learned, I'd think one would be able to come up with a similar design without having to spend the money on a box of designs. I'm new to knitting, so a more experienced knitter would probably have no problem understanding the instructions. But I would assume an experienced knitter probably doesn't need these cards to come up with the designs? But you might, so if you're looking for some nice scarf ideas and you don't need illustrations to figure out the stitches, then you will probably be happy with this item. As for me, I sent it back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even I can do it! June 30 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am fairly new to knitting and am intimidated by knitting books -- usually I have to "see" how to do it rather than "read" how to do it, but this book really makes it easy. Each scarf has its own laminated card with a beautiful color picture on the front and everything laid out on the flip side -- materials, gauge, edge, and instructions. There's a separate, handy "Abbreviations" card that makes quick work of understanding the instruction codes. For now the ruffled edge scarf is my favorite, but I'm excited to try my hand at the others.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Agree with cathy Dec 16 2005
By D. Romero - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's very disappointing that many of the nicest scarves are nice because of a yarn, most likely discontinued by now, and not because of the reason you buy this box: the pattern.
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